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birthday for john herschel glenn. i was ten years old when he observed the wonder of the universe in just over five hours while orbiting the earth. i was 16 years old when he presented to me and another couple dozen eagle scouts in mansfield, ohio, with our eagle award teaching us again about community service and community pride. when i was 54 and one of the most memorable moments of my life, with john's wife and my wife connie in the gallery john glenn -- the presiding officer: the senate will come to order, please. mr. brown: john glenn h escorted me in to be sworn in as a united states senator from owe 0. now as a grandfather,es husband, and father, i continue to be inspired. born in cambridge, ohio, 150 miles east of dayton where the wright brothers first figured out how to fly, he attended public school and became an eagle scout in new concord. it was where -- it was there he would meet his childhood sweetheart and future wife. they literally shared a playpen. she was time of my life from the time of my first memory, he said. since they married, they earned the add you don'tlation o
are not. and john glenn is among them. his name belongs on any list of genuine american heroes of the modern era. combat pilot, world war ii and korea, former u.s. senator. he was the first american to orbit the earth and later flew on shuttle "discovery." and it galls john glenn that for american astronauts, the russian space program is now their ride into space. we met up with john glenn at the air and space museum branch outside washington near dulles airport where they keep the big ticket items like the space shuttle. we talked with him about the end of the program. we also talked to our own jay barbree. jay has covered space for this network for 53 years. this final launch will be the 166th space mission he has covered. so tonight, two veterans of the space program in their own words. >> you have feelings of nostalgia, but on a bigger picture, i'm sorry we're not maximizing the research return out of the space program, the international space station is the most unique laboratory ever put together by human beings. it also means without the shuttle, we have no way of gettin
count down to the final flight of the shuttle, bob orr rendezvouses with john glenn who wonders who really did the space race? >> i don't like this at all. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the f.b.i. tells us that in any given year as many as 300 children under the age of five are murdered by a parent-- that's nearly one everyday. but when a mother in florida was accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter, that one case became a sensation on cable television. it seemed everyone had an opinion. but in the only opinion that matters, a jury in orlando today found casey anthony not guilty, convicting her only on four relatively minor charges of lying to the police. troy roberts is at the courthouse. >> reporter: good evening scott. the moments leading up to the reading of the verdict today were incredibly tense, especially for the 25-year-old defendant, casey anthony. >> a jury of your peers having found you not guilty of murder in the first degree... >> reporter: the verdict caused an immediate and emotional resp
americans missing in the gulf of california. and john glenn, pioneering astronaut, questions whether our space program still has the right stuff. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. and celebrex is not a narcotic. when it comes to relieving your arthritis pain, you and your doctor need to balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. they all may increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death. this chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors such as
" and brian williams interviewed john glenn who is not excited about the shuttle retiring today, and brian asked him if there was a better way to end this program, and take a listen, because i want to ask you about it on the other side. oh, nevermind, we have floated it out. i apologize about, that jay. >> okay. that is all right. >> i know you are familiar with what john glenn has to say about this in the interview with brian. >> one of the world's great people. >> he is a great guy and i have had many opportunities to talk to him before, but have you got an idea of the disappointment he is experiencing with the other members of the nasa family that it is being retired? >> not only do i agree, thomas, but everybody in the space family, because when president bush canceled the shuttle program, he did it when we had another program called constellation to be completed and we would have another spacecraft to step into. but this is the first time that has happened, because we have gone from mercury to gemini, and gemini to apollo, and apollo to the shuttle, but nothing this time. that is what
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>>> the astronaut legend john glenn has very strong opinions about the final launch of the space shuttle "atlantis" this week. nbc's brian williams talked with glenn at the air and space museum annex about the end of the shuttle program. john glenn was the first american to orbit the earth in 1962. he went on to become a senator from ohio. he was also the oldest man in space when he flew on the "discovery" shuttle in 1998. >> without the shuttle, we have no way of getting into space ourselves. and so we are sending our astronauts over to russia to have them put our people in the s s soyuz, which is just not the answer to me. >> we'll hear more about john glenn's views on the future of space travel coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news" right after this broadcast. >>> a big black bear found its way on to a port smith, virginia highway this morning. you can see him darting across traffic here. oh, my goodness. officers gathered in numbers to try to catch the wayward bear with the help of tranquilizers. the 350-pound black bear was eventually captured. it ran off before it fell asleep on an off-ramp
international superstars, names like john glenn, neil armstrong, jim lovell. >> houston, we have a problem. >> apparently they even existed in real life, too. i sat down with apollo 13's jim lovell, a true american hero, who would never give up without a fight. this conversation wasn't going to be easy. >> i'm just going to stop that music. right. it's going to make this more difficult. so, jim, listen, it's over. >> i never say that. it is much easier if we just said, why don't we let someone else do it. i'll give you an example. india is looking at the advantages of space. >> so we're going to outsource our hopes and dreams to india. >> we might. but is that the modus operandi of the united states? no. the new generation should get the same experience that the old generation got. we orbited the moon for the very first time. we saw the earth as it really is, just a small blue and white body tucked away in the vastness of space. i could put up my thumb and completely hide everything that i've ever known. that photograph tells in just one picture really the existence that we have here on ea
shepard and the first one with john glenn going go orbit and we'll never forget neil armstrong stepping on to the moon. those were very memorable as was the greatest time for nasa when they saved the apollo 13 flight. and shuttle challenger stands out. that's a time of recovery and of course columbia. but what shuttle did most, andrea, it built an international space station which is the brightest object in the sky next to the moon in the early evening and early mornings. it's up there and the human race is learning how to live in space. that's the principal gift of shuttle to the space program and to the planet. >> jay-brie, unique sense of history from you. i of course the challenger and columbia. i'll never forget as a little girl, godspeed john glenn. and godspeed jay barbrie. >> thank you so much. >> next hour, tamron hall broadcasting live from kennedy space center for a special edition of "news nation." among her guests bill nelson. and how does this morning's dismal job report change the debt ceiling negotiations? chairman of the white house council of economic advisors here wit
legendary astronaut former senator john glenn at the air and space museum here in washington. >> what are your feelings as this program prepares to come to an end? >> well, brian, you have feelings of nostalgia, the discovery that will eventually be here and replace this one was one that i was fortunate enough to ride on for a second flight. so sort of a little bit of nostalgia. on the bigger picture i'm sorry we're not maximizing the research, return out of the space program. the international space station is the most unique laboratory ever put together by hubs it also means without the shuttle we have no way of getting into space ourselves. we are sending our astronauts over to russia to have them put our people in their shuttle which for the world's greatest space fearing nation as we say, that's just not the answer to me. >> and you can see more of brian williams' interview with john glenn tonight on "nabs nightly news." check your local listings. it's the 135th shuttle launch. tamron hall will lead msnbc's coverage of nasa's final launch live from cape canaveral friday morning.
. >>> john glenn, first american to orbit the earth, world war ii and korea veteran, proud marine, long-time former senator of ohio turns 99 today. to mark his birthday life.com, what's left of the late, great magazine of that era, released photos today never before seen. how about the young astronaut lounging in his hotel room or running on the beach back in the primitive days of workout wear. now it can be told nasa had an early version of the ipad 3 in 1959. actually, that's not right at all. it's cockpit glass samples the astronauts were looking through. we met up with the senator recently at the air and space museum. he's doing great. though he's sad about the end of the manned space program. tonight wooshd we should tell you, he is recovering from successful knee replacement surgery on his 90th birthday. >>> one of the towering world figures of the last 100 years turned 93 today. ♪ >> south africa's 12 million school children sang a special version of happy birthday to nelson mandela today, part of the global celebration for the hero of the anti-apartheid movement. mandela, a pe
shepard and john glenn, americans have always been a curious people, old enough to imagine a new world, ingenious enough to chart a course to them, and courageous enough to go for it. the gift of knowledge and innovation that we have brought back from the unknown have played their part in building a more perfect union. some say our final shuttle mission will mark the end of americans 50 year dominance in the space industry. as a current nasa administrator, i'm here to tell you that american leadership in space will continue for at least the next half century, because we have laid the foundation for success. for us, failure is not an option. we have the opportunity to raise the bar, to demonstrate what human beings can do if we are challenged and inspired to reach for something just outside of our grasp but not out of our site. president obama has given us a mission to focus again on the big picture of exploration, the crucial research and development required for us to move beyond where we are. we have the mission to carry out something that will take us further than we have ever been.
. >> and you were just ying that john glenn is 90? >> 90 years old, yes. he was nine -- he was on nightly news. sure they're working on the next project. very detailed stuff down there. at least, in spots. the very heavy rain trekking through hartford county. this is now slowly making its way around -- across hertford county. the storm track star bellaire and heads through the upper chesapeake, may be making its way through the eastern shore of cecil county. this looks like a stronger storm cell itself, may be some strong wind associated. should be in the roswell -- roswell area by about 551. -- 5:51 p.m. heavy downpours in frederick county associated with this as well. it is still up in pennsylvania. so far, none of the rain has hit the rain gauge at the airport. so far, a dry day, but a hot one. last year was another triple digit day, 101 degrees for the record high on july 7, 2010. it has been hot this year, but not as hot as last year. the storms around here are not quite as strong as far as the wind goes, but they are putting out some locally heavy rain. that is why the flood warning is i
, including the launch of the hubble telescope and john glenn's return to space. >>> the woman poised to become thailand's first female prime minister says it will be difficult to reconcile her divided country, but she's ready to do what it takes. preliminary results show 44-year-old shinawatra's party having the votes needed to win the former government. her brother was a prime minister but was ousted in 2006. he's living in dubai to avoid corruption charges that he says are politically motivated. >>> and william and kate will spend the time today on prince edward island. it's the home of anne of green gables, a fictional character who is said to be kate's favorite. william will co-pilot a chopper making an emergency landing. they'll spend a few days in canada before visiting california on july 8th. >>> thousands of people making their way to d.c. for holiday events. one man is arriving in town after having traveled nearly 4,000 miles across country in a wheelchair. you've never seen a wheelchair quite like this one. chuck dyer is hoping to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. he wa
a birthday today, the 18th of july. former south african president, nelson mandela. and john glenn is 90. >> actor and mr. barber streisand, 51. >>> action star christian bell, 31, and chase crawford celebrating her 26th birthday today. happy birthday to yours as well. ♪ [ male announcer ] how could a luminous protein in jellyfish, impact life expectancy in the u.s., real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. >>> good morning, welcome back to 9 news now. >> howard bernstein is back. you had a nice vacation? >> i got to see atlantis lifting off. >> the view. >> but you feel it. the sound waves, you can feel. it was amazing. everyone who works on the program, hats off, and my heart goes out to most of them, almost all of them.
. >> scouting builds what is in us. >> reporter: ohio's brown met astronaut john glenn has an eagle scout and 40 years later when he, too, became a member of the senate. >> and that is a good tradition in our country, endured for 100 years and because it teaches discipline and is about service. >> reporter: georgia's sanford bishop said being an eagle scout not only inspired him to go into public service but earned him votes, too. i was in a district that had a large number of non-african- americans. one of the members came up to me after the speech and said if you were an eagle scout, you had to be a good man and that is why i voted for you. >> reporter: given the road connecting scouting and congress, it makes you wonder if any of these young scouts will one day trade in the scouting motto for the oath of office. >> i deal my best to do my duty to god and my country to help other people and all. >> to keep myself physical strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. >> reporter: on capitol hill, jennifer davis, fox news. >>> and he is just days away from the world premiere of the final harry
-minute flight aboard freedom 7. one year later john glenn climbed into friendship 7 and became the first american to orbit the earth circling three times as part of nasa's mercury program and then followed by the gemini program, and the first to establish it was at lhe moon. but the dawn of the apollo program brought tragedy when gus grissom, and ed white and one other astronaut were killed. but then they were returned safely to earth as conquering heroes with a ticker tape parade with the goal of beating the russians to the moon in 1975, saw the first-ever joint space effort between the two countries when the final apollo mission docked followed by the soyuz with a hand shake of american and russian, and america would not return until the first space launch which endured its tragedy, and nasa never waivered and changed space travel forever with 135 missions inspiring millions our chief astronomer at the franklin institute has watched many of them. derrick, thank you for being with us. as we watch the final landing, what is this final space shuttle mission representing for the united sta
has brought about incredible triumph, the launch of the hubble telescope, john glenn's return to space, the construction of the international space station, and the hubble repair mission. but also, tragedy. the loss of the "challenger" and "columbia" and 14 astronauts. visitors here remember it all well. >> i have a very personal connection to the "challenger" accident. it was very real to me to have that date and connection and that time in your life. it's sad. it's sad that the program is ending. i think it's brought a lot of great technological innovations. >> reporter: the program also brought about new technology. things we take for granted today. >> and borne out of that was the personal computer. at first folks didn't think there was a commercial use for that, but look where we are today. >> reporter: the loss of the shuttle program will see tens of thousands of nasa workers losing their jobs. but godard is not expected to see many cuts. as they wait for the next chapter of the space program to unfold. in greenbelt, jane watrel, news4. >> up next, innocent mistake, or was it int
service and commitment to our country. >> reporter: sherrod brown first met astronaut john glenn as an eagle scout and then 40 years later when he became a member of the senate. >> it is a good tradition. it has endured for a hundred years because it teaches discipline and it is all about service. >> reporter: and george's stanford bishop says being an eagle scout not only inspired him to go into public service. he says it earned him votes too. >> i was running in a district that had a large number of nonafrican-americans. one of the members came up to me after the speech and said if you were an eagle scout, you had to be a good man and that is why i voted for you. >> reporter: given the road connecting scouting and congress, it does macyou wonder if any of these young scouts will one day trade in the scouting motto for an oath of office. >> on my onor, i will do my best to do my duty to god and my country to help other people at all times. >> to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. >> reporter: on capitol hill, jennifer davis, fox news. >> that's g
senator, john glenn. >> we have no way of getting into space ourselves and so we are sending our astronauts to russia which for the world's greatest space fairing nation we say, that is not the answer to me. >> glenn told brian williams he would prefer nasa have another vehicle ready to go when it takes the shuttle out of commission. >>> a 57-year-old tourist and his wife injured in the first grizzly fatal attack in 25 years. here's george lewis. >> reporter: rangers are warning people if they see a grizzly to keep their distance, travel in groups, and along back country trails to carry pepper spray to ward off the animals. this attack occurred in canyon village. a man and woman were hiking and began to back away. >> at some point they saw that the bear was coming at them. the husband told the wife that she should run. the bear attacked the man and he was fatally injured. >> reporter: the area of the attack has been placed off limits for now. they believe it was a female defending her cubs. the bear and her cubs will be left alone if that was the case. they have not released the
wars." and number one, drum roll, please. "the right stuff," godspeed, john glenn. >>> the woman at the center of a burial site reselling scheme in suburban chicago has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. carolyn towns pleaded guilty to six charges including removing and desecrating human remains at the historic burr oak cemetery. she was one of four workers arrested when the scheme was exposed just two years ago. >>> a brazen escape in houston caught on surveillance camera. our affiliate khou reports the two men knew jailers would open a door to a secure area to break up a fight which was allegedly staged late last month. one inmate escaped. but was caught three days later. the other inmate didn't make it out of jail. >>> a rescue at sea. the u.s. coast guard rescues two fishermen adrift for five days in the pacific ocean. their boat lost power monday. one of the men sent a text to a relative who then called authorities. both fishermen are said to be okay. >>> and a michigan man set out on a rigorous test of endurance this week, all in the name of charity. todd aims tried to j
triumph. the launch of the hubble telescope, john glenn's return to space, construction of the international space station, and the hubble repair mission. but also tragedy. the loss of challenger and columbia and 14 astronauts. lingering questions over whether spending 30 years in low earth orbit has been worth the financeal and scientific investment. it has been remarkable with what it has been able to accomplish. it has been stunning in terms of what we have learned from it. and that knowledge will hen go into building the next vehicle. >> reporter: with the loss of the shuttle program, tens of thousands of workers across the country are losing their jobs. many in florida. until commercial rock retsz ready, america will rely on the russian space program to carry astronauts into space. important the head of nasz a insists america is not giving up its leadership. >> some of my best friends died flying on the shuttle. and i'm not about to let human space flight go away on my watch. >> reporter: meanwhile, the burden of the pineal mission falls on commander chris ferguson.
of the hubble telescope and john glenn's return to space. >>> in sports, the nationals square off against the chicago cubs today. first pitch at 1:05. they'll do so after learning who will represent them at this year's all-star game. reliever tyler clifford was named to the squad, the first of his career. the 26-year-old has been fantastic out of the bullpen for washington, posting a 1.96 e.r.a. while striking out 57 batters in 46 innings. and current first baseman michael morse has a chance to be named to the team as well. the slugger is part of the final man competition. to make sure he makes the team, you can head to nationals.com and vote for him. >>> little pop quiz for you on this fourth of july. what year did the u.s. declare its independence, and from what country did we become independent? >> this is a shocking and somewhat depressing poll that shows a large number of americans do not know the answers to either questions. according to the marist poll, only 51% of americans know the united states declared its independence in 1776. 24% did not know that america broke away from grea
missions, including the launch of the hubble telescope and international space station and john glenn's return to space. >> we want to make sure the thousands and thousands of people that put their hands on a space shuttle are honored by this mission and the legacy of the space shuttle. >> on this final flight, the crew will bring supplies to the international space station. after the shuttle program, nasa is rumored to be working on deep space exploration with a near earth asteroid as a possible target. >>> the first family preparing to host a big independence day bash later today. you're looking live at the white house right now. some service members and their families will head there today for a barbecue, concert, and a great view of the fireworks from the south lawn. administration, staff, and their families are also invited to attend. >>> and president obama will hold an online town hall on wednesday just to make sure your questions aren't too long, the president is holding his first ever twitter town hall on wednesday. the cyber event will feature questions about the struggling
of the hubble telescope. john glenn's return to space. the construction of the international space station. and the hubble repair mission. there's also been tragedy. the loss of "challenger" and "columbia" and 14 astronauts. with the end of the shuttle program also comes the loss of tens of thousands of jobs around the country. but for the most part, goddard workers appear to be spared. >> we're not so much affected by that. those are the launch facilities, and the folks that operate the space shuttle. we're more the users and the technology enablers, the communication satellites. >> reporter: goddard employees plan to gather together tomorrow to watch the final flight of "atlantis." proud of the role that they have played in the 30-year history of the shuttle program. in greenbelt, jane watrel, news4. >>> the mayor of rockville, maryland is speaking out about an incident that she was not expecting today. phyllis marcucio was at the rockville town square today, announcing her re-election campaign. but her routine speech took a turn when a water fountain that was supposed to be turned off u
, because live coverage of allan sheppard and by 1962, john glenn's sub-orbit of earth dominated national consciousness, and nasa became america's favorite pastime, and even in the civil rights problem problems and the vietnam war, people would rally together around their tv set to pull for "mercury", "gemini," and "apollo." >> what does the end of the program mean for the space program and also for american innovation? do you think that the united states will fall behind other countries in terms of space, and where does the next great challenge lie? >> well, because as i mentioned this is the united states versus the soviet union in space, and we won the cold war, the united states, you are seeing a lot more international focus, a lot more sharing between the united states and russia, france, israel, and other countries that are interested in space. one of the problems that i think that -- >> well, right, but from now on, doug, the fact that nasa will pay russia in order to get astronauts on to the international space station. >> yeah, exactly. that is the new game. you know, when we wen
journeys of alan shepard and john glenn, americans have always been a curious people - bold enough to imagine new worlds, ingenious enough to chart a course to them and courageous enough to go for it. and the gifts of knowledge and innovation that we have brought back from the unknown have played their part in the building of our more perfect union. some say that our final shuttle mission will mark the end of america's 50 years of dominance in human spaceflight. as a former astronaut and the current nasa administrator, i'm here to tell you that american leadership in space will continue for at least the next half-century because we have laid the foundation for success - and for nasa failure is not an option. once again, we have the opportunity to raise the bar, to demonstrate what human beings can do if we are challenged and inspired to reach for something just out of our grasp but not out of our sights. president obama has given us a mission with a capital "m" -- to focus again on the big picture of exploration and the crucial research and development that will be required for us
market for years and i've seen a lot of these things and saw john glenn go up, the astronaut, john glenn go up and that was an amazing sight. and cannot wait for this thing to happen. the final launch of a shuttle, hard to believe, isn't it? bill: sure is, it is something else to see. and, being down there a month ago for the shuttle endeavour, it is something you never forget and, you know what surprised me the most, talking to people down there, how many people say they cry when they watch a shuttle lift off. arcing over the ocean blue sky... it may not be ocean blue today, probably filled with clouds but when it goes -- and we talk to the governor of florida a few days ago, and you are looking at 8,000 jobs on the line, marking the end of a 30-year run of outstanding success for nasa. what is next? >> well, next they try to keep everybody employed, private companies are coming in and they'll concentrate on research and new science projects and in addition, feeding, if you will, the international space station. and there is still a lot of work to be done here. the space coast in brevar
-time. we proceeded with the mercury program parliamentarian godspeed john glenn parliamentarian the gemini program and finally the development phase of the apollo program parliamentarian laftoff, we have a liftoff on apollo 11. >> reporter: when it came time for the moon landing this was a seminole event in living rooms across america parliamentarian man's first trip to the moon. >> reporter: walter really became america's expert on the space program. it was his favorite story parliamentarian the eagle has landed parliamentarian it was such a happy time was when those astronauts landed on the moon parliamentarian man on the moon parliamentarian we're going to be busy for a minute parliamentarian we were bogged down in the vietnam war, the tet offensive, all of the arrests on the campuses and the civil rights mochl parliamentarian one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind parliamentarian just a great moment for the country to be able to take a break from those very dark and difficult times parliamentarian they got the flag up now. you can see the stars and stripes parliamentarian i
, about the ending of the shuttle program from a number of folks including john glenn who said by ending this program the way it's being ended without a backup plan this is ignoring a cardinal rule at nasa, there should be something else there ready to go. how do you respond to that? >> erica, we spent about seven years now with a very well organized transition plan for phasing out the shuttle and moving on to the era really excited about president obama is allowing us to do. we hope to fly the first commercial cargo missions early next year. they will be american-made rockets flying cargo to the international space station and we are already starting to work with commercial entities hoping to release a request for proposal on commercial contracts to take crude to orbit and told maybe three years after we let the contract, we will have the capability. >> many, though, see this as a number of astronauts i've spoken to the last few weeks it seems u.s. manned flight is hanging by a thread. mike griffin saying it doesn't seem like good national policy to hitch a ride with the russians. they
, including john glenn, by ending the program the way it's being ended without a backup plan this is ignoring a cardinal rule at nasa, saying there should be something else ready to go. how do you respond? >> we spent seven years with a well organized transition plan for phasing out shuttle and moving on to the next era. we're excited about what president obama is allowing us to do, working hard with the commercial entities, we hope to fly our first commercial crew, cargo missions early next year, they will be american made rockets flying cargo to the international space station and starting to work with commercial entities, hope to release a request for proposal on commercial contracts to take crew to orbit, maybe three years after we let the contract, we'll have a capability. >> many do see this and a number of astronauts have spoken over the last few weeks have said it seems like u.s. manned space flight is hanging by a thread. mike griffin said it doesn't seem like good national policy to fly with the russians. the next astronaut that goes up may not have a nasa badge on. >> with all due
. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> the gemini program and finally the development phase of the apollo program. >> liftoff. we have liftoff of apollo 11. >> when it came time for the moon landing, this was a seminal event in living rooms across america. >> man's first trip to the moon. >> walter became really america's expert on the space program. it was his favorite story. >> the eagle has landed. >> it was such a happy time which when those astronauts landed on the moon. >> man on the moon. phew, boy. >> we were bogged down in the vietnam war. there was the tet offensive, there was all the unrest and there was the civil rights movement. >> it's one small step for man. one giant leap for mankind. >> just a great moment for the country to be able to take a break from those very dark and difficult times. >> they got the flag up now. you can see the stars and stripes. >> it certainly gave us a lift at a time when we needed it. and it paved the way for what came later. >> america's first space shuttle. >> the launch of the first space shuttle was an amazing gamble becau
, to the break returns of alan shepard and john glenn, americans have always been a curious people. we're bold enough to imagine the world's, ingenious enough to chart a course to them, and courageous enough to go for it. the gifts of knowledge and innovation that we have brought back from the unknown have played their part and the building of a more perfect union. some say are final shuttle mission marked the end of america's 50-year dominance in human space flight. as a former astronaut and the current nasa administrator, i am here to tell you that american leadership in space will continue for at least the next half century because we have laid the foundation for success. for us at nasa, failure is not an option. we have the opportunity to raise the bar. we will demonstrate in human beings can do if we are challenged and inspired to reach for something just out of our grasp but not out of our sites. president obama has given us a mission to focus again on the big picture of the exploration and the crucial research and development that will be required for us to move beyond it or bad. he has
american in space. he was the commander of freedom seven. that was the first suborbital plight. john glenn was the commander of friendship which was the first to orbit the earth. next project called gemini. it ran from 1962 to 1966. difference here, two-man crews and it ran a total of ten missions. the gemini missions were the first manned spacecraft to include an onboard computer. it was also, by the way, during project gemini the first american astronaut walked in space. one that really people remember very well is the apollo program that ran from 1961 to 1975. it overlapped with gemini. these are three -- man crew was total of 11 successful missions, six of them land order the moon. launch vehicles used to power missions included the saturn five rockets which were the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rockets ever launched. until then the spaceships had been fairly small and rock wrets not all that big either. 30 years after the -- that you are now seeing the end of the shuttle program. this is going to be "atlantis." mission 135. it is going to be taking off here and at some point we
, but quite another to see it in person. i remember covering that second john glenn launch and the excitement there is palpable whether at the launchpad or whether at the beach. i understand you've been tweeting about it all morning long. and giggling. >> i've been tweeting all morning. i was so thrilled with this. it was really an awesome experience. for john, he's covered many of these, this is old hat for him. this is my first time, and it's the last one. a guess charlie had a group not far from here, five miles from the launch site. he was absolutely right. he says at first you see it, right? you can see the launch and then you hear it all of the thunderous noise around and it then feel it. i realized it's absolutely true. it is so different when you're here. you feel it, your whole body shakes, vibrates, that sense of excitement and exhilaration and the people i was with, some of them, john, these are like veteran astronauts, and they were still nervous, still very tense when they watched that, specially that moment when there was that technical glitch that delay, and we were fortunate e
, to be honest. it is what my former boss, senator john glenn, once referred to as "my eyes glaze over" issue. this is a common ground, common sense. of work, and it may give negotiators a place to begin in building the debt package and perhaps with an accord with that momentum to put together the entire package that they want to drive through to raise the debt ceiling. it really presents a once in a generation opportunity to get this thing done. it has been 60 years since we had the last major overhaul. president obama promised to do it in the last stated the union address. divided government is a time to get issues to agree. both sides understand that government is not working as well as it could. we have had a series of breakdowns from hurricane katrina all the way to the christmas day bombing, food safety, and someone and so forth. rick schmitt was just talking about this from the center for public integrity, one of several good groups, like the project on government oversight that look at these issues. this is a bipartisan issue and it is not very sexy, which could be an advantage right
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